Reed 2s crushed Sawbridgeworth 2s to claim back-to-back league wins at the start of the Herts League season. Skipper Ed Garrott lost the toss and his side were asked to take the field. From there on in things were very one-sided. The hosts lost a wicket in the first over in a sign of things to come, as Matt Giblin tore through the Sawbo top order. They were soon 18-5 whilst Giblin (9.5-1-21-5) bowled terrifically and deservedly snared his first 5-wicket haul in League cricket since he was 17. A direct hit run out from Phil ‘Stokes’ Frenay and a wicket apiece from spin twins Ed Garrott (8-3-15-1) and Matt Bowles (7-2-12-1) meant Sawbo we’re bundled out for just 74. Reed’s response with the bat was equally emphatic, despite the early loss of Richard Johnson. Phil Frenay (50 not out) and Chris Jackson (23 not out) went about chasing down the total in just 16 overs, with Frenay in a particularly destructive mood. Match Reports submitted by MLB.
Reed Second XI, Herts League, Division 4B. Rain showers filled the air as new second team skipper, Ed Garrott started off the side’s 2019 campaign. Ed lost the toss and the opposition, newly promoted Holtwhites Trinibis elected to bowl first.The Reed squad were kept busy, taking the covers on and off between two short rain delays, after which the match was reduced to 46 overs per side. Rich Barlow led from the top, and looked in fine form as he built his innings. Unfortunately Reed lost fellow opener Frenay without scoring, and Jackson soon after to find themselves in a precarious position at 27-2. Barlow and Smith put on just under 50 for the 3rd wicket, rebuilding the Reed innings, whist being kept busy running between the wickets. A slow outfield from the earlier rain meant many balls that would normally have gone for 4, stopped within the ropes. Smith fell to a quick reaction caught & bowled, with the score at 74 for 3. In at number five came new signing for the season, James Sandford. Sandford took the attack to the Holtwhites bowlers, and played some fine shots including some well struck boundaries, while Barlow also looked to up the run rate at the opposite end. Barlow eventually fell caught, for 75, an innings that perhaps would have amounted to a century in drier conditions. With a strong squad, Ed Garrott batted himself and Marcus Martin lower down the order. Martin fell cheaply for 6, while Garrott looked in good touch for his 24. Mitchell Cooper hit a quick fire 35 off just 25 balls, with late order support from Ward, and Bowles. Reed ended their innings having posted 238. Opening the attack [...]